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March 11, 2006


Arts & Sciences 35th Reunion Oct. 5-8, 2006

Diane Goeres-Gardner ’71 was a member of the 1968 overseas study program to Mexico. Although she finished her degree at the University of Oregon, she writes that she’s maintained her devotion to Lewis & Clark. For information on her recent book, see Bookshelf. Nicolle Green Wynia-Eide ’96 is her daughter.


Ken Cuno ’72, a modern Middle East historian, is program director of South Asian and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Illinois.

Ellen O’Brien ’72 received a master’s degree in library and information science from Rutgers University in 2003. She is now director of the Keansburg (New Jersey) Waterfront Public Library and a substitute reference librarian at the Old Bridge (New Jersey) Public Library. She also volunteers as secretary to the executive board of the School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers and is on the professional development committee of the New Jersey Library Association. O’Brien and her husband, Duane Bowker, will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year with a trip to Iceland. They have two sons, Sam and Keelan.


Ron Atwood ’73 has practiced law in Portland since 1978. He represents employers in workers’ compensation cases and under the Longshore and harbor-workers’ Compensation Act in Oregon, Washington, and Montana. He and his wife, Rebecca Youngstrom, just celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary in Italy. Atwood has two daughters: a senior majoring in theatre at the University of Vermont and a first-year student at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Atwood enjoys wine tasting, hiking, and mountain climbing. In 2001, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Ben Dake ’73 is minister of First Presbyterian Church in Cottage Grove. For the past 21 years, he has worked in Cottage Grove to improve senior housing and establish community programs like Women’s information network Services. Dake also established the Huff and Puffs mountain-climbing group and rides a Harley-Davidson.

Randy Garrison ’73, J.D. ’76 was elected Douglas County Circuit Court Judge and lives in Roseburg.

Maria Hein ’73 helped create Powerhouse mentoring, a program that provides one-on-one, community-based mentoring for older teens to help them transition to independent living. Hein is married to Kermit McCarthy ’71, and they have two girls, Erin, 24, and Megan, 19. Ever since her overseas study program to Denmark in 1972 (led by Roger Nelsen, professor of mathematics), Hein has remained close to her host family. In September 2004, she traveled to Denmark to celebrate her host mother’s 80th birthday.

Kirk Smith ’73 received his doctorate in church history from Cornell University before embarking on independent research at Oxford University. He is now a bishop at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix.

Sam Wade Jr. ’73 has spent the last two years living in Japan. He is the only English conversation teacher for elementary, junior high, and high school students at Daito Juku in Konan. He competed in the 2005 USA World Showcase in Las Vegas, where he placed first in the category of singing adult males.


Michael Bonazzola ’74 is the new chief medical officer of the Oregon Health & Science University Medical Group.

John Deeder M.A.T. ’74 is the Evergreen (Washington) Public School District’s chief academic officer.

Catharine Deeming Lindsley ’74 left the Oregon Department of Education and Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development in 2005, after eight years as an education specialist. She is now division cochair of the Center for Learning Advancement at Lane Community College in Eugene, where she and husband John Lindsley ’78, M.A.T. ’84 have lived since 1996. She oversees the teaching of English as a second language, academic learning skills, and credit tutoring. John retired as assistant principal at Sheldon High School (Eugene) in 2004, after more than 25 years in education.

David Stewart-Smith ’74 is director of energy policy development at Pacific Energy Systems, a consulting firm. He previously worked as assistant director of energy resources at the Oregon Department of Energy, where he managed the review of 11 new energy projects that are key to Oregon’s electrical and natural gas infrastructure. He also oversaw low-level radioactive waste cleanup projects for the department.


Eric Olson ’75 is associate dean of the College of business at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He researches marketing strategy, design management, and competitive strategy. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award (1998, 2001); Outstanding Research Award (1997, 2000); Outstanding Service Award (2003); and Outstanding Distance M.B.A. Teaching Award (2004). He teaches undergraduate, distance M.B.A., and executive M.B.A. courses in strategic management.

Gary Withers ’75, J.D. ’79 joined Concordia University as executive vice president in May 2005. 


Arts & Sciences 30th Reunion Oct. 5-8, 2006

George Anderson J.D. ’76 announces that his daughter, Sally Anderson-Hansell, is a shareholder in his Hermiston-based law firm, Anderson Hansell.

William Fish III ’76 spent 15 years with Citigroup in Los Angeles, New York, and London before joining Dresdner kleinwort Wasserstein, the investment banking division of Dresdner Bank, Germany, in 2001. He is now managing director and head of global loan products. Fish and his wife, Patricia, live in London and have two daughters: The elder is enrolled at the University of Puget Sound, and the younger attends the American Community School, Cobham International, in Surrey, England. William and Patricia spend summers in the northwest and plan to return to Portland in a few years.

Doug Free ’76 does marketing and public relations work in the corporate communications division of Microsoft in Silicon Valley. He and his wife, Elaine Sang Free, live in the Bay Area with daughter Sylvan, 5.

Jack Hoffman J.D. ’76 was the 2005 chair of the Metro Policy Advisory Committee. Hoffman, a Lake Oswego city councilor, has been a member or alternate member of MPAC for five years. He is a litigator and land-use attorney at Dunn Carney. 

Kathi Huber ’76 and her husband, Milo Stanojevich, have just returned to Lima, Peru, where they lived from 1986 to 1992. She spent the last eight years in Atlanta and the five years before that in Costa Rica and Bolivia. Huber is a writer, and her husband is country director for CARE Peru. They have three children: Nicolas, 20, Carlos, 19, and Cristina, 15. For Huber family photos and stories, visit their website.


Constance Crooker J.D. ’77, a retired attorney, has joined the board of directors of the neighborhood association for Portland’s Corbett-Terwilliger-Lair Hill neighborhood. Since retiring from her criminal defense practice in 2000, she has been writing and teaching.

Virginia Kelsh J.D. ’77, law librarian and professor at the University of San Francisco, retired in June 2005. During her 22-year career at USF, she led the law library from accession ledgers to automation. She also oversaw construction of the Zief Law Library, which opened in 2000. 

John McCabe ’77 was a participant in the 2002 Winter Olympic Torch Relay in the Portland area. 

Beverly “Bevvo” Nelson ’77 received the 2005 John Marshall Pro Bono Award for outstanding volunteer service in the legal community from the Bar association of Boulder County, Colorado. 

Montie Slusher M.A.T. ’77 retired from public school teaching and administration in 1990. He has spent the past 15 years as a non-stipendiary minister in the Episcopal Church. Now age 70, he has requested his Lewis & Clark transcripts yet again because he plans to pursue another graduate degree. 


Kate Kelly J.D. ’78 retired from the U.S. Coast Guard after almost 28 years of service. Most recently, she was chief legal adviser to the commander of the 13th Coast Guard District in Seattle. Kelly and her husband, David Harris, have relocated to Colorado, where they plan to do more playing than working.

Kent Snyder J.D. ’78, of Snyder & Associates, has been elected president of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, a nonprofit organization that strives to join and strengthen leaders in Oregon to better serve the public good. He also serves as cochair of the Sustainable Development Commission of Portland/Multnomah County and is a senior adviser to the China-U.S. Center for sustainable Development. Snyder specializes in both business and consumer bankruptcy law.

Kris Knouse Sparks M.Ed. ’78 retired after 30 years of teaching music in the Lake Oswego public schools. She now offers group piano lessons to adults through her own business, It’s Never Too Late.


Michele Longo Eder J.D. ’79, a Newport attorney, has been appointed by president George W. Bush to the bipartisan U.S. Arctic Research Commission. The commission makes recommendations to the president and Congress on Arctic policy. Eder has practiced law in Lincoln County for 25 years.

Laura Martin Lambert ’79 retired from a career in banking after 25 years and is now a real estate broker specializing in financing investment properties. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

Hadley Robbins ’79 is head of business banking in the Vancouver-Portland metro area for Wells Fargo. He overseas the activities of nearly 70 team members who provide financial services to about 9,000 businesses.

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